All of our trails are earthen paths. Some are uneven due to their composition of rock and soil. We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes with rubber soles.
Modesta Canyon Trail: (1.75 mile loop) A moderate to strenuous hike across grasslands, into a small canyon, past a spring and two large Madrone trees, around Lion’s Head Hill, and back to the head of the canyon. A Modesta Canyon Trail guide is available in the Gift Shop.
Outside Loop: (2.25 mile loop) A moderate to strenuous hike that includes Modesta Canyon, Lion’s Head Hill, Clayton’s Overlook, and the geology exhibit.
Clayton’s Overlook: (1 mile loop) A moderate hike up to the top of the overlook where you can take in a 360 degree view of the area. There is an interpretative geology exhibit "Our Dynamic Landscape: Geology, Culture, History."
Upper Loop Trail: (0.5 mile) A moderate hike, amid a variety of grasses.
Hummingbird and Butterfly Trail: (0.33 mile loop) An easy hike located at the South end of the Botanical Gardens.
Guided Tours for Adults
Guided tours of the Nature Center are available for groups of at least 10 people ($7.50 per person). Staff or trained docents will take your group on a tour of one of the following areas: the Botanical Gardens, Modesta Canyon, Clayton's Overlook or the Chihuahuan Desert Mining Heritage Exhibit.
When planning your visit, be sure to add extra time for loading, unloading, and shopping.
We offer tours Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Contact Lisa Gordon if you are interested in a group tour.